Top 14 Best Questions To Ask At The End Of An Interview

By Mike Simpson

Have you ever been on a horrible date where the person you are out with spent the whole time talking about themselves without ever asking you a single question?

Ugh, sounds miserable, right? Would you want to see that person again? Probably not. Who would want to spend any more precious time with someone who was so self-involved?

Dating is a two way street and the goal is to learn as much as you can about your potential partner through a give and take approach to dialogue.

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Did you know a job interview is a lot like a date?

You’re kidding, right? Does this mean I have to start bringing flowers and chocolates with me as well as copies of my resume?

No. As charming as that might seem, we don’t recommend that approach at all. In fact, leave the flowers and chocolates at home for your sweetie.

What you should bring with you are questions to ask at the end of an interview!

Wait…questions? Aren’t they interviewing me?

Yes, they are…but like any good date, shouldn’t you try to learn a little bit more about the position and company before you decide to accept the job if they offer it to you? Of course!

How else are you going to find out if it really is a job you want to do?

Preparing Good Questions To Ask the Interviewer

You can learn a lot about an open position through the basic application process, but to really get the down and dirty about what will be expected of you, you need to make sure you prepare good questions to ask the interviewer as well.

Isn’t that awkward? I mean, are hiring managers okay with me asking for more details?

Are you kidding?!?

Asking the hiring manager questions is like bringing flowers and chocolates with you. Not only are you getting more information about the job, you’re showing the interviewer that you genuinely care about the position, the company, and your role should you get hired.

Imagine this…you’re a hiring manager and you’ve just had a potential candidate interview with you. Their answers to your questions are pretty solid and you’re wrapping up the interview.

“So,” you say, giving the eager young candidate a smile. “Any questions for me?

The candidate clears their throat, nervous. You can tell by the look in their eye all they want to do is get out of there. “No,” they stammer. “I’m good. Thank you!”

You shake hands and they leave. You sigh in disappointment. Such a missed opportunity. Maybe the next one will have some questions for you.

Why Do Hiring Managers Want You To Ask Questions?

Why is not asking questions at the end of the interview a missed opportunity and why are hiring managers disappointed when interviewees don’t ask questions?

Because asking questions not only gets you vital information about the job you’re interviewing for, it also shows that you’re willing to go the extra mile to get that information…especially if you not only come in with well thought out questions…but tailor those questions as well!

(What’s “Tailoring?” Check out our blog article Job Interview Questions and Answers 101 to learn more)

Remember, the ultimate goal is always to be the PERFECT CANDIDATE and that means doing a little extra work before you even get to the interview. By asking the right questions, you are turning the table on the interviewer and taking control of the room.

While this might seem at first like a bad idea, it’s actually a brilliant move.

When you ask tailored questions, you’re showing the hiring manager that you’re willing to do what it takes to get the job.

Psychologically, you’re proving to the hiring manager that you’re a go-getter and go-getters get hired!

Speaking of psychology, what does a hiring manager think of someone who doesn’t ask questions?

Remember our little mock scenario above where our candidate seemed eager to wrap up the interview and get out of there? That can make a hiring manager reluctant to extend the offer of a job.

Who wants to hire someone who seems like they’re more interested in running away than investing a little more time into finding out what the job is really all about?

On top of that, most hiring managers expect candidates to have questions. Not having questions makes you appear lazy, unmotivated, and unprepared…exactly the opposite of someone they want to hire.

Okay, you’ve convinced me. I’m going to ask questions…tons of questions! I’m going to be the best question asking potential hire ever!

Ha ha, slow down there turbo! We love the enthusiasm but before you start charging ahead with “What’s your favorite color” and “If you could be any superhero on the planet, who would you be,” we need to give you a bit more information.

The key to being a good question “asker” is to make sure you’re asking the right questions.

But don’t worry, because we have the right questions for you. We’ve created a free cheat sheet that gives you 18 of the b